The FlatsWorthy Movement
The FlatsWorthy movement, spearheaded by a noble group of anglers, began with an ambitious goal to promote boating courtesy among all who enjoy our shallow bays. No one argued against the premise that fishing should be a relaxing escape rather than a contentious battle among angling factions. The core founders and followers of FlatsWorthy are guides, paddlers, airboaters, fly-fishermen, and wade anglers, along with those who drift-fish or enjoy poling the flats. FlatsWorthy was established as a diverse coalition of anglers with mutual respect for one another, engaging in a conversation to reverse a trend of inconsiderate behavior on the water.
Code of Angler Respect
Respect Fellow Anglers
Be considerate toward the space, time and efforts of fellow anglers.
Know before you go — look for other anglers before entering a fishing area.
Don’t needlessly take shortcuts across flats, run the shorelines, or disturb fishing grounds
Respect the Resource
Reduce your footprint to share the resource equitably.
Avoid damaging natural resources and fish habitat.
Support habitat restoration projects.
Respect the Law
Know and obey fishing and boating regulations.
Report fish, game or boating law violations you encounter.
Participate in opportunities for public comment on proposals for new and revised regulations.
FlatsWorthy is the leader in promoting respect for our fellow Texas bay users, respect for the resource and respect for the law among a diverse community with the goal of improving the health and productivity of Texas bays now and for the future.
Our Mission Statement
FlatsWorthy, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a coalition of diverse anglers practicing mutual respect while sharing the same resource. We accomplish our mission through public awareness and education, participation in habitat restoration, and involvement with state and federal agencies in resource protection.
FlatsWorthy, Inc., was formed in 2015 in Aransas County, Texas. While the focus has been in this coastal area, the reach of FlatsWorthy, Inc., has been statewide. The Advisory Board consists of members from around the State of Texas who represent academics, state agencies, and successful men and women engaged in enterprise.
The Code of Angler Respect (COAR) is the guiding document of FlatsWorthy, Inc. The 3 tenets are: Respect Fellow Anglers, Respect the Resource, and Respect the Law.
FlatsWorthy, Inc., volunteers represent countless years of experience dealing with coastal issues. With the help of our members, we have participated in habitat restoration projects on the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. These volunteer opportunities build a greater sense of stewardship.
Our educational efforts have created a robust public dialogue, bringing different opinions together to settle issues through self-regulation. The involvement with state agencies in this dialogue has promoted an appreciation for the important role these agencies play in working together toward a common goal.
We recognize that what happens now will have lasting effects in the future. FlatsWorthy, Inc. welcomes new challenges and opportunities to serve and leave this place better than we found it.